Federal Jury Service
Protection of Employment
Protection of Jurors' Employment

Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1875, an employee is protected from being discharged, threatened, intimidated, or coerced by their employer because of their federal jury service. 

An employer violating this provision is subject to:

Liability for damages to the employee;

  • An injunction prohibiting further such violations and providing appropriate relief including the reinstatement of such employee;

  • A civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each violation on each employee; and

  • An order to perform community service.


Counsel for Jurors Claiming a Violation
  1. Jurors claiming that their employers have violated their employment protection rights may apply for appointment of counsel to bring such a claim. Upon the court finding probable merit in such a claim, the Court may appoint counsel to represent the juror 28 U.S.C. § 1875(d).

  2. District courts have jurisdiction over civil actions brought for the protection of jurors' employment rights. 28 U.S.C. § 1363.